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WAshington, Nov 18 (Canadian-Media): Legal materials for American law, foreign law, and sovereign Indigenous nations is being collected by the Law Library for preservation in the Library of Congress (LoC) Law Library, LoC said.
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Many governments, including Indigenous national, tribal, and community governments, are transitioning from print to solely digital formats for publishing their laws.
To facilitate with the collection and preservation aims of this, the Library has created the Indigenous Law Web Archive, a collection of constitutions, codes, executive orders, and court forms and information of sovereign Indigenous governments and courts of 578 federally recognized nations, communities, and tribes in the United States, as well as some Indigenous legal information from Canada, published online.
The Library attempts to acquire the most comprehensive collection possible. Collected resources are embargoed for a year prior to release, and so the collection was launched this summer. It’s a useful starting point for comparative research, and we hope that this tool will assist practitioners and scholars of Indigenous law in their work.
LoC maintains one of the largest and most diverse collections of scientific and technical information in the world. Its Science, Technology and Business Division provides reference and bibliographic services and develops the general collections of the library in all areas of science, technology, business and economics.
As the world’s largest library built in 1800 in Washington D.C., LoC offers access to the creative record of the United States, and from around the world, both on-sit and online, and is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.